Evaluating droplet distribution of spray-nozzles for dust reduction in livestock buildings using machine vision

Mehdizadeh, Saman Abdanan and Banhazi, Thomas M. (2015) Evaluating droplet distribution of spray-nozzles for dust reduction in livestock buildings using machine vision. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 8 (5). pp. 58-64. ISSN 1934-6344

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Previous studies have demonstrated the negative effects of sub-optimal air quality on profitability, production
efficiency, environmental sustainability and animal welfare. Experiments were conducted to assess potential environmental improvement techniques such as installing oil-spraying systems in piggery buildings. The developed spray system worked very well and it was easy to assemble and operate. However, before selecting the most suitable spray heads, their capacity to uniformly distribute the oily mixture and the area covered by the spray heads had to be assessed. Machine vision techniques were used to evaluate the ability of different spray heads to evenly distribute the oil/water mixture. The results indicated that
the best coverage was achieved by spray head No.4 and spray head No.1 which covered 79% and 67% of the target area,
respectively. Spray distribution uniformity (variance) value was the lowest for spray head No.4 (0.015). Spray head No.3 had the highest variance value (0.064). As the lowest variance means higher uniformity, nozzle No.4 was identified as the most suitable spray head for dust reduction in livestock buildings.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 08:53
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 08:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: spray head, livestock buildings, dust reduction, machine vision, spray distribution uniformity, animal welfare
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070203 Animal Management
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3965/j.ijabe.20150805.1178
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30250

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